Historic Garden Week Sneak Peek & Getaway

April 13, 2017 | Ivy Publications

A beloved springtime event, Virginia’s Historic Garden Week allows participants to step foot on some of the area’s finest properties. Each year, a different collection of stunning private homes and gardens are selected for the tours throughout the state. Guests also have the opportunity to tour several historic sites, such as the University of Virginia’s Pavilion Gardens in Charlottesville and the exclusive Morven Estate. For 84 years, this unique event has been held each April and is eagerly anticipated by those who love horticulture, architecture, interior design, art and antique collection, and history.

This year’s Historic Garden Week will take place from April 22–29 with Albemarle County properties being featured Saturday, April 22–Monday, April 24. Here, we give a sneak peek at some of the stunning Albemarle-Charlottesville country estates that are included in this year’s Historic Garden Week tours. See Charlottesville Wine & Country’s exclusive luxury Garden Week Getaway for a chance to do Garden Week Tours statewide, enjoy a beautiful stay at Keswick Hall & Golf Club, fine dining at The Downtown Grille, wine tasting at Veritas Vineyard & Winery and more!

Fox Ridge, an equestrian farm and property, features a 20-stall barn, a cottage that dates back to the 1800s and the main house, a Neo-Georgian red brick home built in 1945. The property also includes a charming Williamsburg-inspired garden and an apple orchard. See Book Four of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for “Horse and Home,” an exclusive look at the Fox Ridge home and property.

Other properties on this year’s tour include homes such as Southfield, a property of 20 acres that offers a unique collection of plants, a parterre garden and striking water features. Midway (featured below), a historical Albemarle property, offers Blue Ridge Mountains views, a lovely formal garden, and ties to history with its early 19th-century farmhouse that once served as a hemp, flax and tobacco plantation.

Choill Mhor, an English Country Manor home, features perennial gardens, a shade garden and gorgeous views of the property’s many untouched acres of hardwood forest, as well as the pond and lovely Blue Ridge mountains in the distance.

The Laing House (featured below) will be a debut property for Garden Week. Featuring a quaint, gray brick home, the property overlooks Moorman’s River. The home contains interesting and eye-catching antiques and furnishings that the owners acquired during years living in Asia and England.

The Albemarle-Charlottesville garden tours will also include Morven Estate, Carr’s Hill and the Morea Garden and Arboretum. Foxfield off of Garth Road will serve as the designated parking area for the tours. Charlottesville Wine & Country Living will join other vendors at Foxfield on Sunday, April 23, to debut the new Wine & Country Collection. Come see us and the beautiful new issue!

Tickets can be purchased locally at Kenny Ball Antiques, Caspari, Folly and on the Historic Garden Week website.

Photos by Catriona Erler

Charlottesville Wine & Country Living is excited to announce an exclusive Garden Week Getaway. This luxury package includes admission for two to the statewide Historic Garden Week Tours, a two-night stay at Keswick Hall and Golf Club, a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, a wine tasting at Veritas Vineyard & Winery and a dinner for two at The Downtown Grille. Enter here for your chance win!


Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia, and Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia, are accompanied by the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made foods, award-winning Monticello AVA wines as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.


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